(Hm-m-m...another meme for this blog?)
NASA has shifted its goals from returning to the moon to visiting an asteroid or even Mars, but not everyone has given up on going back. The space agency's attention deficit has sparked a race among private companies eager to return to Earth's satellite.
The latest competitor is Astrobotic Technology, a spinoff of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Its goal: to mine the moon for water and fuel. And a deal with NASA plus a contract for rides on private rockets means the company may be the first to go back.
I would love nothing more than to see the commercial sector finally figure out that it's raining soup 100 miles straight up, and that all you have to do to get rich is show up with a bucket.